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>> good evening, i'm marco rubio. i'm blessed to represent florida in the united states senate. let me begin with congratulating president obama on his second term. i have the honor of responding to the state of the union address on behalf of my fellow relationships. i have the special privilege lidge to address our troops from arled the world. the state of the union address is a reminder on how the unique the american history it is. america is exceptional because we believe that every life at every stage is precious and that every one everywhere has a god-given right to go as far as their atlantaed -- talents will take them. this idea is personal. my parents immigrated here to improve their life and to give their children a better one. my dad worked as a bar tenor -- bartender and my mother as a maid. i did not inherit any money from them but i inherited something better. an opportunity to make it to the middle class and beyond no matter where you start off in life. it comes from a free economy where people can risk their own money to open a business. when they suck they hire more
a party. marco rubio will give the response in spanish and english. this is just -- it started with karl rove, the architect, that little nerd -- if i see him one more time on tv -- is the architect of the destruction of the gop. he gave us obama. the idea of reaching out and becoming democrats. what democrats aren't are people who believe in a group identity and hyphenated americanism. we conservatives believe in assimilation. that's why he's not going to give a response in german or italian. we will hear all the lofty platitudes and trite things from obama about a nation of immigrants. it was a somewhat perverse people being melted down by the fires of assimilation and being made similar -- it was a people meltedrdiverse down by the fires of assimilation. nobody would know marco rubio. he looks like the beaver. i will not follow him because he is a trendy minority. having to reach out to people, that is racial extortion. host: have you looked at when he believes in and 20 plans to talk about tonight? caller: i know all about his immigration platform. the fact that we have to have some
, creating new private-sector- public partnerships. there was a response from marco rubio and another from rand paul. we will get your reaction to all of this. 202-585-3882 for all others. reach us on twitter or facebook, or send us an e-mail. let's go through the headlines in the national papers this morning. pierce "usa toda -- here is "usa today" -- and then here is the "washington times" -- and the new york times -- the wall street journal -- the washington post -- we are getting your reaction this morning on the washington journal for the first hour. what did you think of the speech, the proposals, and the republican response as well? later on, a line of lawmakers for their reaction and to take your comments. our first phone call is joe in georgia, republican. caller: thank you. i love c-span, greta. it was the same old obama with more taxes and more government. marco rubio is incredible. the key to our future is electing more people like him and tom graves and doug collins and tom price. we don't need this more government and taxes. we cannot afford it. rubio is great. he is a future
. host: what did you think about senator rubio's speech? you are a republican. we heard from a prior floridian she was not a fan. what did you think of the content? caller: i thought he was trying to be very honest with the people and trying to tell them basically how he felt, that it really was going to be for the middle class people and how it was going to effect all the middle class people. host: independent line, new york. caller: how are you? host: good, thanks. we heard about immigration. what did you make of the immigration comments? caller: i think that it is about time. as far as i know, he has pretty much sealed the border, which is what the republicans are hinging everything else on. that has been done. i do not see how much more can be done on that. i think that we need a path to citizenship. i think there needs to be some sort of clear way to come in and work and get green cards and everything else. it is not. we are a sophisticated country in 2013 and we cannot figure it out. it is ridiculous. what i found just amazing was it seemed like senator rubio was, again, as rep
around 10:00 eastern time, senator marco rubio of florida will be delivering the gop response. you will see all of that on this network, followed by your phone call reactions to the speech tonight. will ticket to the capital, to members of the house and senate who are here in their official capacity for the first time tonight -- center and disking of maine served two terms as maine's governor. -- senator angus king served two terms as maine's governor. i think you for being with us. senator king, he want to start with you. you have some washington routes. is this your first day of the union address? >> it is. i worked here as a step for many years ago in the senate. but i never got to a state of the union. to be able to walk onto the floor is an amazing and somewhat surreal experience. i keep pinching myself. the honor and opportunity to serve in this place is kind of overwhelming. i am sure look feels the same way a parent -- sure luke feels the same way. >> the town has been divided, in partisan terms. is this a night when partisan politics are set aside? >> i hope it is. there a
from the primary was scary. host: marco rubio will be delivering the republican response to the state of the union address. he wants to put the gop on a path of cities -- citizenship for undocumented americans. is he the future of your party? guest: i do not know if he is the future, but he is an important voice. he is the darling of the tea party down in texas. immigration is another example. there has to be a path forward. we cannot just be the party of, we are going to close our eyes and believed these 11 million people in the country do not exist. we have to deal with the issue. that does not mean you adopt amnesty when he approached some on the democratic side have. if there are two issues in the immigration fight and we can forge an agreement that deals with five of them, why don't you take that rather than saying if we can i get all 10, we will not do anything. host: why is that so hard to do? guest: this is regional. i live in ohio. unless we get drunk canadians, across from lake erie, it is not a big deal. if i live in a border states like texas or new mexico or california, m
and you know what he's going to say. host: what do we know senator rubio is going to say? guest: he is a young, great speaker and have been involved in the immigration issue and people will be looking to see how -- how much he'll embrace what president obama says and you know, if he will be willing to go along sm the president is going to talk today that there are places we can find common ground. the question will be will senator rubio be talking about they can find common ground or a step back. host: jonathan strong, he comes from the capitol, how much is republic leadership having fluns on what he has to say? guest: senator rubio has his own political interests at stake and will probably be running for president in 2016. i'm sure he is laying down his mark in those discussions. host: what is the difference between what he will be talking about and rand paul? guest: is this an alternative, is this a rival address and rand paul has said no. no. no. we are in conjunction and on the same team. the thing to watch out for is places where the two speeches don't agree with one another, t
. florida senator marco rubio gave the republican response to the state of the union. he made a speech in english and one in spanish. it is up next on c-span. you can find the spanish version on our website, c-span.org. >> good evening, i am marco rubio. i am blessed to represent florida in the united state senate. let me congratulate president obama. i have the honor to dash of responding to his state of the union address. i am especially honored to be addressing our brave men and women serving the armed forces around the world. you may be thousands of miles away, but you are always in our prayers. the state of the union address is always a reminder of how america is. through most of human history, most people were stuck in stagnant societies were a tiny minority say on top and no one else had a chance. america is exceptional because we believe that every life at every stage is precious and that everyone everywhere has a god-given right to go as far as their talents and hard work will take them. for me, this ideal is personal. my parents immigrated here in pursuit of the opportunity t
and the gop response. you can post your thoughts on our facebook page. on marker rubio giving the response for the republicans, here is the washington times below the fold this morning. here is a " -- that is "the washington times," on senator markhor rubio." let me show you two different takes on the economy here in the papers this morning. "u.s. a today," according to a survey -- two different perspectives on the economy this morning. we are talking about sequestration, march 1 is the deadline for congress and the president to come up with something to avoid sequestration. kevin, an independent scholar, what do you think? democrats want tax increases. caller: i think they should cut the medicaid and medicare. the president has to realize he had senior citizens with fixed income and they depend on medicare and medicaid to help with their medical bills. i agree with the caller from ohio. the economy is tough already. what happens if they did not come into the station on march 1. what happens then? host: margie, a democratic caller. go-ahead. caller: i do not believe in all of the spending
's state of the union address and the republican response from marco rubio. >> we have a habit in this country of glossing over presidents. we have decided that some people are bald eagles. they all have to be treated as if they are symbols of the country. what that means is you have a smoothing over of their rough edges. there is a feeling among modern presidents that they have a right to a certain veneration. that generation will be located in their presidential outlook. even if they are gone, their children and former allies, their lieutenants who live longer, they continue this. in many ways, they are even more ferociously committed to the legacy, not only because it involves them, big -- but because the old man is gone. the problem is, what does the government do, because it is responsible for these libraries, when you have a flat president? >> are two of our conversation with timothy natalli. tonight at 8:00 p.m., on c- span's "q&a." this morning, a political roundtable with david winston and steve mcmahon on issues facing contracts -- congress, facing contracts -- congre
conservatism. i think they are doing the right thing. host: any leaders in particular? we saw senator rubio give the gop response. caller: i think mark rubio, john mccain, ted cruz, a lot of these congressmen who have been in government for a while, and some of the new ones are doing the job that they were sent there to do. they are representing the constituency from where they are from. the democrats do the same. i know we have differences on both sides of the aisle, but i believe that being able to -- being able to work together and coming together as a nation and congress has a lot to do with barack obama as the president. he was reelected. he needs to be in the white house. he needs to lead this nation. he does not need to be out in campaign mode. that is all i have seen from barack obama. campaign, speech -- let's get everybody in the white house, and let's get things done. guest: a couple of points -- we hear this from constituents, that they are frustrated that they are not seeing the leadership. what he is saying really plays into that. leaders are team builders. they know how to br
. president obama's plan to tackle to its immigration laws has drawn anger from republicans with marco rubio calling the proposal dead on arrival. the debate is sure to pick up again when congress returns from its presidents' day holiday. president obama took the weekend to play golf at an exclusive resort in florida. we will take a break from the normal daily debates and spend a first 45 minutes getting your take on your favorite president. for all others. you can contact us on twitter or facebook or e-mail us. here's our facebook page this morning with a poll on your favorite president. you can put in your 2 cents on our facebook page. on facebook -- post your comments. give us who you like and why, on our facebook page. also, send us a tweet. here's a gallup poll that was taken in 2011. that was the gallup poll taken in 2011. in 2012, also -- we're getting your take this morning on this president's day. who is your favorite and why? the phone numbers -- all others, 202-585-3882. we will get to your phone calls. but voice of america put out a piece, talking about the u.s. celebrating pres
in particular? we saw senator rubio give the gop response. caller: i think mark rubio, john mccain, ted cruz, a lot of these congressmen who have been in government for a while, and some of the new ones are doing the job that they were sent there to do. they are representing the constituency from where they are from. the democrats do the same. i know we have differences on both sides of the aisle, but i believe that being able to -- being able to work together and coming together as a nation and congress has a lot to do with barack obama as the president. he was reelected. he needs to be in the white house. he needs to lead this nation. he does not need to be out in campaign mode. that is all i have seen from barack obama. campaign, speech -- let's get everybody in the white house, and let's get things done. guest: a couple of points -- we hear this from constituents, that they are frustrated that they are not seeing the leadership. what he is saying really plays into that. leaders are team builders. they know how to bring people forward to find consensus. the president's speech the other ni
: the official gop response by senator rubio of florida. marco rubio talked about the president having an obsession with taxes. rand paul spoke about term limits. i am not quite short term limits came from. given the fact we had a significant tax increase will dealing with the 2000, 2003 cuts, i think we are seeing republicans say, why is it all about tax increases? or is the balance in terms of the approach? that will be a central part of the debate as to move forward. guest: there is an answer to that period is an answer the democrats have to explain. what we went to the density negotiation the first time, there was about $1.50 trillion or $2 trillion and that cuts. all cuts and no tax increases. this last time there were tax increases. the balance is basically on a 4- 1 scale in favor of cuts. i think what the president is saying, let's go forward together and continue to cut to but also as some of the wealthiest corporations and individuals who are taking advantage of tax loopholes -- we are talking about taking away loopholes that people or corporations take advantage of that are
the president's speech, florida senator marco rubio the response. this is about 15 minutes. >> good evening. i'm marco rubio. in the united states senate. president obama on the start of his second term. tonight, i have the honor of responding to his state of the union address on behalf of my fellow republicans. and i am especially honored to be addressing our brave men and women serving in the armed forces and in diplomatic posts around the world. you may be thousands of miles away, but you are always in our prayers. the state of the union address is always a reminder of how unique america is. for much of human history, most people were trapped in stagnant societies, where a tiny minority always stayed on top, and no one else chance. but america is exceptional because we believe that every life, at every stage, is precious, and that everyone everywhere has a god-given right to go as far as will take them. like most americans, for me this ideal is personal. my parents immigrated here in pursuit of the opportunity to improve their life and give their children the chance at an even better one. t
think they are doing the right thing. host: any people in particular? we saw senator rubio give the gop response. anyone stand out to you? caller: marco rubio, john mccain. a lot of the republican senators and congressman -- congressmaen who have been in government a long time, doing the job they were sent there to do. they are representing the constituents from where they are from. i know we have differences. being able to work together, and coming together as a congress and a senate and a nation, has a lot to do with barack obama as the president. he was reelected. he needs to be in the white house, and he needs to lead this nation. he does not need to be out and campaigning. i have seen barack obama campaign, campaign, speech, speech. get in the white house and let's get things done. guest: a couple of points on things he said -- let us hear this from constituents. that they are frustrated that they are not seeing the leadership. what terrance is saying plays into that. leaders are team builders. they know how to bring people forward to find consensus. the president's speech the othe
rubio, when he drank a glass of water in the middle of his speech, he just articulated the same old thing, more money for the rich, less for everybody else. mr. speaker, we cannot continue to give tax breaks to millionaires and billionaires, while cutting on investments that the middle class relies on and cutting programs that help local governments, keep on police, keep on teachers, people who fix our roads, firefighters. we cannot cut the federal work force and i'll talk about sequester in a little while. we cannot make these economic decisions and hope to have a strong economy. we've got to invest in our roads, our bridges, our grids, our electrical power grids and transit to move people around quickly. we have to make these investments. we have to invest in research and invest in our schools and this is what is going to make america a strong country and put people to work and more people paying taxes and that will help us lower the deficit. the republicans have it all wrong. they think by slashing the federal government, then that will make our economy better. all it's going to
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